14 February 2020


Rhode Island State, United States

(Partially Funded)


2020 Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

University of Rhode Island’s Metcalf Institute offers a six-day residential fellowship designed for full-time professional journalists who work in any media. Applicants should have a demonstrated desire to improve their understanding of science and sharpen their environmental and investigative reporting skills.

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The Metcalf workshop immerses Fellows in the culture of science, scientific research process and methods, and the application of these in coastal ecosystems. The Institute supports ten fellowships each year. Two of these fellowships are available to journalists based outside of the United States.

Opportunity Focus Areas:

  • Journalism

Required Languages


Eligible Countries


Program Period

Six Days Begins June12, 2020

Eligibility Requirements (Criteria)

  • Applicants do not need a science background; rather, the program is designed to bolster the Fellow’s understanding of science to improve science-based reporting.
  • Selections for individual fellowship awards are made based, in part, on expressed commitment to accurate, science-based environmental coverage and editorial support for the publication/broadcast of the applicant’s subsequent environmental reporting.
  • Non-U.S. citizens applying from outside the U.S. will be asked for written assurance that they have full travel funds and can obtain the appropriate visa.
  • Applications and enclosures must be submitted electronically and will only be used to evaluate applicants. Do not send hard copies of application materials.
  • All applications and required enclosures must be submitted in English. Applications and enclosures in languages other than English will not be reviewed.

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Opportunity Cost

(Partially Funded)

A Metcalf Institute fellowship award includes room, board and tuition, as well as up to US$500 in travel support for U.S. based journalists and US$1000 for journalists based outside of the U.S., paid only as a reimbursement after the program.

How to Apply

First Step:

Fill the the Application form here

Be advised that some web browsers do not enable you to exit and re-enter your application. Therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to view the sample application PDF in advance in order to be prepared to complete the application in a single online session. Only your online application form will be reviewed; no PDF applications will be accepted.

Second Step: following inclusions are required:

  • Resume
    Send your resume as a PDF document. Your resume should list all positions you have held as a professional journalist. Freelancers, include a representative list of your top ten pieces from the past three years, including title, date, and news outlet for each.
  • Professional Work Samples
    Select samples of your reporting that have been published or aired by a news outlet. The original date and venue of publication or broadcast must be easily identifiable. You may include samples from various media types. All samples must be in English or submitted with an English translation.
    Submit functional web links for two (2) reporting work samples. Photojournalists may submit links for up to 15 captioned or annotated photographs. If functional web links are not available, applicants may provide individual PDFs or YouTube links with original date and venue of publication or broadcast for each sample.

Send enclosures to:
Fellowships Coordinator
Metcalf Institute
University of Rhode Island
1 Greenhouse Road
Kingston, RI 02881

Third Step:

Submit two references through online form by midnight U.S. Eastern Time on February 10, 2020. References should be able to evaluate the potential impacts of the Metcalf fellowship on your work and your news audience(s). One reference must be from your current immediate supervisor or, for freelancers, from an editor who has most recently worked with you.
Reference authors should use this link to fill out the reference form:

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